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## First Law of Thermodynamics (02 hours)

Introduction
FORMS OF ENERGY
Energy can exist in numerous forms such as thermal, mechanical, kinetic, potential, electric, magnetic,
chemical, and nuclear, and their sum constitutes the total energy E of a system.
The total energy of a system on a unit mass basis is denoted by e. E=me

Internal Energy U
In thermodynamic analysis, the total energy of a system in two groups: macroscopic and microscopic. The
macroscopic forms of energy are those a system possesses as a whole with respect to some outside reference
frame, such as kinetic and potential energies.
The microscopic forms of energy are those related to the molecular structure of a system and the degree of the
molecular activity, and they are independent of outside reference frames. The sum of all the microscopic forms
of energy is called the internal energy of a system.

Enthalpy
In addition to the internal energy U, it is important to define another property called the enthalpy H.
It is defined by the relation:
=

The product pV is called the flow work. It represents the amount of work done by a substance as it flows in or
out of a system to overcome the resistance at the entrance or exit.

Kinetic Energy KE
The energy that a system possesses as a result of its motion relative to some reference frame is called kinetic
energy KE. When all parts of a system move with the same velocity , the kinetic energy is expressed as

Potential Energy PE
The energy that a system possesses as a result of its elevation in a gravitational field is called potential energy
PE and is expressed as
Total Energy E
The total energy of a system consists of the kinetic, potential, and internal energies and is expressed as

Heat
In thermodynamics, heat is defined as a transfer of energy across the boundary of a thermodynamics system
due to a temperature difference between the system and the surroundings.

Sign Convention

Q > 0: heat transfer to the system
Q < 0: heat transfer from the system

Work
Work = Force Distance moved in the direction of force.

= . Unit: Nm (=Joule)

E = PE + KE + U

Where = = =
On per unit mass, by =
2

Sign Convention
Work is done by the system is assumed as positive. On the other hand, if the work is done on the system is
negative.

Some forms of energy and the associated work interactions

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Macroscopic form of
energy
Governing
equation
Energy
interaction
Work
Work
interaction
Block diagram
1.
Kinetic Energy
(translation)
=

F dx

2.
Kinetic energy
(rotational)
=

T d

3.
Spring stored energy
(translational)
= =

F dx

4.
Spring stored energy
(rotational)
= =

T d

5. Gravitational energy = = F dz

6.
Electrical energy
(capacitance)
=

u dq

7.
Electrical energy
(inductance)
= =

i d

First law of thermodynamics
The first law of thermodynamics, also known as the principle of conservation of energy, states that the energy
can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only change forms. In other words, during an interaction between
a system and its surroundings, the amount of energy gained by the system is exactly equal to the amount of
energy lost by the surroundings.

When a system undergoes a thermodynamics cycle then the net heat supplied to the system from its surroundings is
equal to the network done by the system on its surroundings.
or
=

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First Law of Thermodynamics for a Non-flow, Non-cyclic Process
The net algebraic sum of heat and work during a quasi-static process is equal to the change in internal energy
during the same process.
Mathematically =
=
Corollaries of first law of thermodynamics
Corollary 1. There exists a property of a closed system such that a change in its value is equal to the sum of the net
heat and work transfers during any change of state. (Concept of Internal energy from the 1
ST
Law)
Proof:
Let the system be taken from the state 1 to the state 2 by the two different processes 1a2 and 1b
2 as shown in Figure.

Similarly, the processes 1f2 and 2c1 together constitute a cycle for which

=

If inequality (X) is true then equations (Y) and (Z) contradict each other which implies that these
quantities must be equal. Therefore is the independent of the path. If the property is
denoted by U,
=
The property U is called internal energy of the system.

Corollary 2. The internal energy of a closed system remains unchanged if the system is isolated from its
surroundings.
Proof: The first law of thermodynamics for any process can be written as

=
If the system is isolated, it exchanges neither mass nor energy with the surroundings
= =
=
U = constant
Therefore there is no change in the total energy within the system during the process.

Let us consider,
Let the system be taken from state 2 to 1 through 2c1.
Now the processes 1a2 and 2c1 together constitute a cycle.

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Corollary 3. A perpetual motion machine of the first kind is impossible.
Proof:
An engine which could provide work transfer without heat transfer would violate the first law
because it would create energy. So, an engine which could provide work transfer without heat
transfer would run forever; in other words, it would have perpetual motion! Such an engine would
have what is sometimes called perpetual motion of the fist kind.

=
=

It is always to devise a machine to deliver a limited quantity of work without requiring a source of
energy in the surroundings. For example, a compressed gas in a pistoncylinder arrangement will
expand and do work at the expense of the internal energy of the gas. Such devise cannot produce
work continuously.

Non Flow and Flow Processes (02 hours)
Introduction
A process occurs when the system undergoes a change in a state or an energy transfer at a steady state. A
process may be non-flow in which a fixed mass within the defined boundary is undergoing a change of state.
Example: A substance which is being heated in a closed cylinder undergoes a non-flow process. Closed
systems undergo non-flow processes.

A process may be a flow process in which mass is entering and leaving through the boundary of an open
system. In a steady flow process, mass is crossing the boundary from surroundings at entry, and an equal mass
is crossing the boundary at the exit so that the total mass of the system remains constant.

In an open system it is necessary to take account of the work delivered from the surroundings to the system at
entry to cause the mass to enter, and also of the work delivered from the system at surroundings to cause the
mass to leave, as well as any heat or work crossing the boundary of the system.
Work and reversibility

= . = . = .
=

Moving boundary work

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Non flow energy equation and reversibility
The reversible non-flow energy equation can be written as
=

For unit mass =
=

Application of First Law to Non flow processes (or closed system)
a. Reversible Constant Volume (or Isochoric) Process (v = constant)
An isochoric process, also called an isometric process or an isovolumetric process, is a process that takes
place at the constant volume.

b. Reversible Constant Pressure (or Isobaric) Process (p = constant)

c. Reversible Temperature (or Isothermal) Process ( = = )

=
=

=
=
=

From the First Law,

For mass m of working substance

=

=
=

From the First Law,
=

=
For mass m of working substance

For mass m of working substance

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In this case the gas or vapour may be heated at constant temperature and there shall be no change in internal
energy. The work done will be equal to the amount of heat supplied, as shown ahead. For a perfect gas
during isothermal process;

d. Polytropic Reversible Process

=
Where n is the index which can vary from to .

=

=
= .

=
=
=

}
From the First Law,
For mass m of working substance

=

] or =

=
=

=
=
=

= [

=

From the First Law,
Also

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Flow work
Unlike closed systems, control volumes involve mass flow across their boundaries, and some work is
required to push the mass into or out of the control volume. This work is known as the flow work, or flow
energy, and is necessary for maintaining a continuous flow through a control volume.

Before entering After entering
If the fluid pressure is p and the cross-sectional area of the fluid element is A,
The force applied on the fluid element by the imaginary piston =
To push the entire fluid element into the control volume, this force must act through a distance L. Thus, the work
done in pushing the fluid element across the boundary (i.e., the flow work)

=

Total Energy of a Flowing Fluid
The total energy of a non flowing fluid consists of three parts: internal, kinetic, and potential energies. The fluid
entering or leaving a control volume possesses an additional form of energy (flow energy: pv). Then the total
energy of a flowing fluid on a unit-mass basis becomes
=

Non-flowing fluid Flowing fluid

=

Kinetic energy
Potential energy
Potential energy
Internal energy
Kinetic energy Flow energy
Internal energy
The terms steady and uniform are
used frequently in engineering.
time. The opposite of steady is
implies no change with location
over a specified region.

=
The flow work per unit mass is:

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Rate of energy of the fluid entering the system
=

)
Rate of energy of the fluid leaving the system
=

)
For a control volume undergoing any unsteady flow process, principle of conservation of energy can
be expressed as
[
et e
ee o te
e t tme
] = [
ot ee o
te o et
o e t tme
] [
ot ee tote
to t
m e t tme
] [
ot Ee tote
ot o t
m e t tme
]

)
The unsteady flow energy equation (USFEE) in the rate form is

)
For a control volume undergoing any unsteady flow process, principle of conservation of mass can
be expressed as
[
et e
m t te
e t tme
] = [
ot m ete
te
e t tme
] [
ot m e
te
e t tme
]
The unsteady flow mass equation (USFME) in the rate form is

Entering Leaving

Rate of internal energy

Rate of displacement or flow work

Rate of kinetic energy

Role of potential energy

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We can deduce the equations for steady flow from USFEE since the steady flow is a special case of unsteady
flow.

Assumptions:
The following assumptions are made in the system analysis:
(i) The mass flow through the system remains constant
(ii) Fluid is uniform in composition.
(iii) The only interaction between the system and surroundings are work and heat.
(iv)The state of fluid at any point remains constant with time.
(v) In the analysis only potential, kinetic and flow energies are considered.

=
The steady flow energy equation (SFEE) in the rate form becomes

) =

= (

) (

)

For a unit mass basis (dividing the equation by )

= {

}

= (

) (

)

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Boiler: the fluid entering as a liquid and leaving as a vapour at a constant rate. In this case no work is done.
W=0. KE at inlet and outlet are negligible since the velocities of flow are quite low.
the steady flow energy equation can be reduced to

Condenser
Vapour passes over a bank of tubes, and is condensed as it comes into contact with the surface of the tubes.
The tubes are maintained at a lower temperature than the vapour by a flow of cooling water. The cooling
water is not part of the fluid of this open system but acts as a sink of heat in the surroundings.

Turbine:
A turbine is a means of extracting work from a flow of fluid expanding from a high pressure to a low
pressure. Turbines using gas as working fluid are called gas turbine where as turbines using steam are called
steam turbines. Expansion in turbine is assumed to be of adiabatic type so that the maximum amount of
work is produced.
Assuming change in kinetic energy, potential energy to be negligible, and the process can be assumed to be

Compressor:
The rotary compressor can be regarded as a reversed turbine, work being done on the fluid to raise its
pressure. In this case work is done on the fluid by a bladed rotor driven from an external source. This
increases the velocity of the fluid. The velocity is then reduced in a set of fixed diffusers to some value
approximating to that at the inlet to the compressor, and the pressure is increased.

steam in
condensate out
coolant
out
coolant
in
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Nozzle
Nozzle is a duct of varying cross-sectional area so designed that a drop in pressure from inlet to outlet
accelerates the flow. The flow through a nozzle occurs at very high speed, and there is little time for fluid to
gain or loose energy by a flow of heat through the walls of the nozzle as the fluid passes through it. The
process is therefore always assumed to be adiabatic. Also, no work crosses the boundary.

) =

Diffuser
The function of a diffuser is the reverse of that of a nozzle; the diffuser is a duct so shaped that the fluid
flowing through it decelerates, the pressure increasing from inlet to outlet.

Throttling
A flow of fluid is said to be throttled when some restriction is placed in the flow.
KE inlet and outlet can be negligible since it is a low speed flow. No heat transfer across the
boundary. No work crosses the boundary. Thus the energy equation reduces to

te oe t te-flow process such that the enthalpy is the same at inlet and
outlet.

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Mixing Chambers

Heat Exchangers

Two or more fluid streams are mixed to form one
single fluid stream.

Note that there is no shaft work in a mixing
chamber, and the changes in kinetic and potential
energies of the streams are usually neglected.

For the conservation of mass across the mixing
chamber

Mixing chambers are usually well insulated, so that
the process can be treated as adiabatic.

In the industries, there is often a need to cool a hot
fluid stream before it is let out into the environment.
There is no work transfer, and the changes in kinetic
and potential energies are neglected